Indonesia, Naturalization and Citizenship Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Indonesia, Naturalisasi dan Kewarganegaraan Rekaman

Record Description

These records includes many citizenship and naturalization records from the District Courts in Indonesia.

Immigration to Indonesia also took place at this time when huge populations from the Indian subcontinent visited the country and settled there.

Few people settled in Victoria, and those who did were probably Dutch Indonesians. The Dutch rule over Indonesia ended when the Japanese took over the country during World War II. Following the 35 years of Dutch rule, Indonesia gained its independence after World War II. The Netherlands controlled the Indonesian archipelago since the 19th century. For working in Indonesia, the foreigners have to send their application to the immigration office.

The Surat Bukti Kewarganegaraan Republik Indonesia (SBKRI), or applications for citizenship, were primarily filled out by Chinese Immigrants to Indonesia.

The collections include the following record types:

  • Permohonan Akte Kelahiran (Applications for birth certificate)
  • Permohonan Pewarganegaraan (Applications for naturalization)
  • Permohonan SBKRI (Applications for Indonesian Citizenship)
  • Permohonan Ahli Waris (Court decrees of inheritance)
  • Permohonan Anak Angkat (Applications for adoption of a child)
  • Permohonan Ganti Nama (Applications for name changes)
  • Permohonan Akte Perkawinan (Applications for marriage certificate)

Record Content

Naturalization records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the Immigrant
  • Name of child
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Gender
  • Names of parents
  • Age
  • Address
  • Occupation

Citizenship records usually contain the following information:

  • Full name before the change
  • Place and date of birth
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Name of spouse
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of children and their dates and places of birth
  • Place of name change
  • Name of person who declared the information
  • Names of witnesses
  • Age

Birth certificates may contain the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Place of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Name of mother
  • Mother's date of birth
  • Mother's occupation
  • Place of residence
  • Name of father
  • Father's place of birth
  • Age of mother and father
  • Fathers occupation
  • Names of witnesses

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's place of birth
  • Groom's religion, occupation, residency and marital status
  • Complete name and age of bride
  • Bride's place of birth
  • Bride's religion, occupation, residency and marital status

Checklist records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of applicant
  • Place and date of birth
  • Occupation
  • Current residence
  • Residency identification card number
  • Name of parents, guardian or spouse

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in the naturalization records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year and place of event
  • Place of last residence

Using the Information

When you have found the record that you are looking for, the following will help you in your search:

  • Use the age on the record to calculate a birth year
  • Use the names of the parents on birth records to search for a marriage record

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